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The offspring of pumpkin seeds taken to space by former astronaut Naoko Yamazaki aboard the shuttle Discovery were delivered Wednesday to a board of education in Iwate Prefecture, with the aim of instilling hope in children affected by the March 2011 quake-tsunami calamity.

An official of the Matsudo Municipal Government in Chiba Prefecture handed the seeds to an official of the Iwate prefectural board of education with a message written by Yamazaki, a Matsudo native. The message read, “I present these seeds as ‘seeds of hope.’ Please never give up.”

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